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The Interamerica Group members discuss the 2014 World Cup at Georgetown University

Washington DC. June 5, 2014 -  The Interamerica Group’s president and CEO, Jerry Pierce Jr., and its associate Professor Jimmy Lynn,  participated in Georgetown University’s panel discussion titled  “ The World Cup 2014: Leadership and Management Perspectives on Sports Most Passionate Event”.  The discussion  focused on various issues pertaining to the World Cup in Brazil.  The other members of the panel included Fabian Koss, Youth Program Coordinator for the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), Rodrigo Gomes, former member of the Brazilian National Volleyball team, and Dave Johnson, WTOP Sports Director and the voice of DC United and the Washington Wizards.  The discussion was moderated by Professors Jimmy Lynn and Bobby Goldwater of Georgetown’s  Sports Industry Management Program. The varied and interesting topics of discussion included:


  • The business impact of the Cup in Brazil

  • The status of Brazil’s preparations, transportation infrastructure and stadium construction

  • Protests and allegations of corruption

  • The storied tradition of football in Brazil

  • Post World Cup issues and concerns.



The audience, in its majority graduate students of the Sports Industry Management Program,  took part in the relevant and stimulating “questions and answers” part of the program.  The students received real answers to their questions and left with a more in-depth understanding of what is taking place in Brazil and of the realities of organizing an event with such dimension and implications as  the World Cup.     “ It was a pleasure to participate in this event and discuss the  important  topics related to the World Cup and Brazil with the students at GU.  Their interest and insightful questions regarding the World Cup and other international sporting events was refreshing and encouraging.”, stated Pierce, who’s international business development firm has four partner clients providing services at the World Cup. .   Jimmy Lynn best summed up the night: “It was an engaging session and the time flew by….  A home run of an event!”

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